Creating Christ Followers
Three to four people learning to live like Jesus together
Checking in – about 2 Min.
Every person counts. Check in on the Christ United app or have someone do it for you.
Confirming cgroup values – about 3 Min.
Pray. Open your meeting by asking God to help guide you and then take turns reading through the cgroup values.
We are …
- Committed: We are committed to loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving each other like He loves us.
- Confidential: We value and trust each other, and what is shared in the group stays in the group.
- Changing: We are growing to be more like Jesus, obeying His commands and filled with His Spirit.
- Christ-Centered: In Jesus, we find God’s presence to guide us, His grace to forgive us, and His power to change us.
- AcCountable: We spur each other on toward love and good deeds.
- Connected: We meet every week, pray for each other every day and look for ways to obey and follow Jesus together.
- Creating new cgroups: We are all committed to starting new cgroups for unconnected friends.
- Consistent: We consistently follow this guide because it is based on God’s word and the guide works!
Connect Through Sharing – about 20 Min.
Let each person choose and answer one Confession question and one Celebration question from below. (Please be concise so that everyone has time to share.)
Celebration Questions (Choose One)
- How have you seen God at work in your life?
- What has God done that you want to praise and thank Him for?
- When did God give you victory over a temptation?
- When were you obedient to God, and how did it turn out?
Confession Questions (Choose One)
- What has been your greatest challenge recently?
- How have you fallen short this week, whether you meant to or not?
- What doubts or questions do you have?
- Is there something you need to share even though you would rather not?
Caring for Unconnected Friends – about 5 Min.
- Let everyone name their unconnected friends and then one person can pray for them all.
- Unconnected friends may be friends who are not yet Christians or Christian friends who are not yet in a cgroup.
- Who feels led to share the gospel with an unconnected friend?
- See Sharing the Gospel on the home page of the Christ United app.
- Does anyone have someone you would like to invite to the group?
- Have no more than four in a group. If you have four and God puts someone on your heart, He may be leading you to start a new cgroup.
- Who is feeling led to begin a new cgroup for your unconnected friends?
- How can we help you get started?
Connect Through Scripture – about 20 Min
(For the sermon based guide visit Christ United Mobile App or christislove.org. The scripture based guide is provided below.)
In this week’s message we looked at some important decisions that had to be made in the early church. How are people saved from their sins? What is the role of the Old Testament Law in the life of a Christian? There is much for us to learn from the account in Acts 15. Someone pray that God will bring understanding before reading the following passage.
Acts 15: 1-21 NIV
Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. 3 The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad. 4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them. 5 Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.” 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question. 7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. 8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. 9 He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. 10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” 12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 13 When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. 14 Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles. 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: 16 “‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, 17 that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things’— 18 things known from long ago. 19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. 21 For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”
- Is there anything that caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
- Christians are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. What does genuine faith look like? How can we know if someone has true faith in Jesus?
- How can knowing and believing that your salvation is a gift strengthen your relationship with God?
- The law of the Old Testament is all to often neglected and skipped over by some Christians. How is Old Testament law essential for both Christians and non-Christians?
- Unity in the church is one of the reasons that James gives the specific recommendations that he does in verses 19 and 20. What are some things you can do to promote unity in your church?
Commitment to Life Change – about 5 Min.
Based on what God has shown me today, what am I going to start, stop or continue doing this week?
Consider committing to a Daily Bible Reading Plan
- see Daily Reading in the Christ United app, youversion.com or biblegateway.com
AcCountability and Connection – about 5 Min.
How are we going to connect this week to help each other live out our commitments to follow Christ?
- Consider ideas like daily phone calls for accountability, attending worship together, joining a ministry or Bible study together, doing an outreach project together or planning a missions trip together.
Who missed this cgroup meeting? Who is going to reach out and let them know that they were missed?